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This beer is a salute to the ingenuity and creativity of the American craft brewers. A uniquely American style of beer, the Double or Imperial IPA, has become the calling card of many craft brewers who arenít afraid to push the limits of what hops can add to a beer. This beer is big and hoppy - not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to experience sensory overload as you savor this Imperial IPA. Sensory Profile: Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. Food Pairing: This beer needs an assertive food to stand up to it. Match Captainís Reserve with aged cheeses such as Stilton, cured and grilled meats.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (893) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, spicey hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops dominate the palate while bready malt and tropical fruit provide some balance. Finish is long and very dry. Outstanding brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottled on 12/31/13, drunk 2/19/14, from Half Time
Leaving the near inch of sediment at the bottom, the beer pours a beautifully bright amber-tinged golden with a small white head and plentiful (bottle-conditioned?) carbonation rising to produce moderate retention.
Huge juicy fruit nose has moderately sweet pale malts backing it, with more red grapefruit and oranges emerging with warming. Seems like a good dose of simcoe, cascade, maybe citra. Lots of the citrusy/tropical variety, though tending more citrusy. Lighter on the pine and thankfully no alcohol fumes (though itís still fairly well-chilled at this point).
More citrus and tropical fruits in the flavor are very well-integrated with the nicely rich, balancing pale malts, leading to candied orange, apricot jam and light cherry and ruby red grapefruit. Wonderfully deep hop profile. The carbonation is light, but rather tight and creamy, giving the beer a very comforting texture and lending drinkability. Some hop acids build up on the finish, drying the palate and leaving some light astringency. The flavor dosent linger all that long, due in part to some wateriness and also the acidity.
That initial juicy, tropical fruit flavor mixed with the sweet malts is enough to make me keep drinking, but it does begin to fatigue the palate, and all that with this being well-chilled to start. Still, itís delightfully clean thanks to all that yeast on the bottom and Iím not going to complain too much, as I have an admittedly low tolerance for hop acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (1207) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle. Pale yellow with large spongy beige head, floral/piney aroma, high carbonation, slightly sweet hoppy taste, long finish with the alcohol kicking in at the end. Great IPA except for the somewhat strong taste of alcohol that remains on your palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Poured into a snifter, because I can. Pours a hazy dark orange with a half finger of white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Same as aroma with citrus and pine but some sweet caramel also. Full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a super long, slightly warming finish. Pretty awesome. Would love to drink this again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2490) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle. Thx Joris for sharing. 3 year old sample. APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, some citrus, some wood. TASTE: hoppy, citrus, little oxidated, smooth, alcohol. Still very good! Re-rate with a fresh (2 month old) sample APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: very hoppy, florar, sweet. TASTE: florar, hoppy, nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (456) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Poured into pint glass from bottle: pours golden with a one finger white head. Arima of citrus, pine, earthy, grapes. Taste us pine followed by tropical fruit and bitter hoppyness. Medium body, a bit astringent, pretty tasty!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with a finger of sticky foam. The nose is round hops, citrus, grass, heavy sticky malt presence and a bit of dank earth. The palate follows the nose and has some decent citrus undertones but the mouthfeel is like jello and there is a heavy stale grass presence that is underwhelming and gets worse as the flavors linger.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5849) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
11/I/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ JorisPPattynís place - probably 2010 or 2011 vintage (2014-30) Thanks to Joris for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy blond beer, irregular off-white head, little stable, pretty adhesive. Aroma: some honey, sweet, bit floral, dried peaches, sugary, little spicy. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, bit sugary, honey, citrus, some sweet exotic fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: honey, pretty sweet, very fruity, lots of citrus, grapefruit, soft bitterness. Very nice! Never had a double IPA of this age that held up so well!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Smells sweet, of citrus. Taste is same, with medium hoppyness and a thin mouthfeel. Great fuity DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On 06/18/2011. Slightly hazy golden body with a small creamy white head. Sweet floral and resiny hop aroma. Sweet resiny and floral hop flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonatikon.


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